The chants for Tim Tebow have already begun in New York.
With the Jets 2-2 heading into Week 5 and coming off a 34-0 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers, starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is in the same position former Denver Broncos starter Kyle Orton was exactly one year ago.
Orton started the first five games for the Broncos in 2011 and gave way to Tebow in the second half of Game No. 5. From then on it would be Tebow under center for Denver until the Broncos were bounced in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs last January.
Will Tebow and the Jets follow the same path in 2012?
You bet. New York looks to be headed in the same direction as last year's Broncos, and a drastic change is inevitable.
Here are Denver fans chanting "Tebow" during the Broncos' 23-20 home loss on Monday Night Football in Week 1 last season.
We all remember what happened after that. John Elway and John Fox caved to the fan pressure and threw in Tebow expecting anything but an AFC West division title.
Only 11 months later, Jets fans were chanting for Tebow during the preseason at Cincinnati. Although they weren't chanting for him to start at quarterback at the time, you can bet they are now.
It seems that Tebow will inevitably become the starter in New York this season. The fans are behind him, just like year. The quarterback in front of him is struggling, just like last year. And of course his team is in dire straits, just like year.
Brett Schneider hit the nail on the head with this tweet from last week:
the sad thing is, this is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity for tim tebow to come in and make a denver broncos type run. #pleasegodno— Brett Schneider (@brttschndr) October 3, 2012
Call it coincidence or pure stupidity on the part of the Jets to go out and acquire a polarizing star to sit behind a young, unproven and shaky quarterback, but the 2012 Jets are looking more like the 2011 Broncos every week.
With injuries piling up for Gang Green, and key players like Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes being lost for the season, Tebow is the best man for the job. After all, no one did more with less last season than him.
Though Tebow struggled through the air, completing just 46.5 percent of his passes for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 starts, he thrived as a runner, carrying the ball 122 times for 660 rushing yards and six scores on the ground. Denver ranked first in rushing offense last season.
This meme featuring The Office's Dwight Schrute tells the tale.
Although the Jets show little offensive promise even if Tebow takes over under center, the inspiration factor must be taken into account. There is no denying that Tebow is a natural leader and a motivator capable of exciting his teammates on both sides of the ball.
If Tebow can spark hope for Rex Ryan's team this season, then perhaps they too will string together some wins and rally to earn a playoff spot in the AFC. Hey, we saw it happen last year.
New York will need all of the motivation it can get this season, however. The Jets rank 24th in rushing offense and 27th in passing offense through the season's first four weeks.
Unless they are content to remain dreadful in both departments and fall out of the AFC East race, they are missing out on becoming a dynamic rushing unit behind Tebow.
John Fox developed the blueprint in Denver last season, and New York is destined to copy it. With the dismal play becoming a trend and the injuries and losses piling up, it looks as if Tim Tebow will be taking over the starting quarterback job for the Jets just one year after doing the same in Denver.
The similarities are incredible and the atmosphere is just right.
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